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Dr. Jehu Appiah Questions Ghana Covid Patient Discharge Policy



Dr. Koma Jehu Appiah, a former General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association says, government decision to fully implement WHO standardized discharge policy is does not auger well for the country.

Dr. Jehu said, this method adopted by government would not help the country since Covid-19  cases came with diverse reactions with patients making the cases different in nature.

WHO in an announcement two weeks ago specified among other information that asymptomatic Covid patients, meaning infected patients of the Covid virus who do not exhibit any symptoms 10 days after a first test could be discharged without an after or second test like the regular.

President Akufo- Addo announced the adoption of the policy which had since been implemented though this time the discharge days is 14 instead of the 10.

However, Dr. Jehu indicated that, there was a need for the review of this discharge policy  by the country as there are ranges of the nature of the incident of cases.

The former General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association  explained that, “The caveat to what the WHO says is that they are still learning from countries so if they are still learning from countries why do we take it like that and just say that because WHO says that it is on the tablet of Moses we can apply it. That is not being very academic. That is not being very scientific. We should have a way of learning from our own situation and adapt situations that will best suit us.”

So far, about 10,000 Covid-19 patients were let out as a result of the implementation of this policy by government.

Though this action was welcomed with lots of disapproval and condemnation, government explained that, such people did not pose any risk to the population.


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